Soldier dies, another arrested playing Russian Roulette


Sgt. Michael McCloskey (Army photo)

An Alaska-based soldier killed himself after he and another soldier played a game of Russian Roulette, according to court documents.

Sgt. Michael McCloskey shot himself in the abdomen at fellow soldier Jacob Brouch’s home after he and Brouch consumed alcohol that evening, according to court documents.

Brouch rushed McCloskey to an Anchorage hospital, where he died. Police later arrested Brouch. He has been charged with second-degree murder and weapons misconduct in the killing of his 26-year-old friend.

The incident sounds a bit like the “Trust Game” strangely popular in the Marine Corps. Russian Roulette is different in that a trust game involves a Marine asking another Marine if he trusts him before pulling the trigger, but they both have led to dead soldiers and Marines.

Is this incident an aberration, or do you know other soldiers who have played Russian Roulette after a night of drinking?


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